The Christian vision and values of our school
Jesus, The Good Shepherd, promises ‘life in all its fullness’.
At Christ Church we believe every child and adult in our school should be able both to experience life in all its fullness now and to aspire to life in all its fullness in the future.
We all seek to inspire life in all its fullness for all in the school through:
- ensuring a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for children and adults, where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to contribute and flourish;
- the pursuit of academic excellence in all areas, with a determined desire for each child to make the best possible progress as a result of high aspirations, hard work and the development of a personal love for learning alongside the highest-quality teaching and support;
- offering the widest possible breadth of curriculum both within school and through extra-curricular activities, enriched by the vast range of opportunities locally and across London;
- creativity and positivity in all we do, mixing innovation with tradition;
- planned and spontaneous opportunities for spiritual development through reflection, discussion and harnessing curiosity, as well as the provision, at the heart of our school life, of daily opportunities for prayer and worship;
- the development and modelling of strong, positive and loving relationships, with peers, amongst the school community and in the wider community;
- the promotion of respect and compassion for ourselves and for all others, by cultivating positive emotional and physical well-being, by celebrating the diversity within and outside our school and by encouraging all of us to be empowered global citizens, guided at all times by the example of Christ’s compassion alongside the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
- engendering a sense of community and responsibility for others and for our local and global environment and enjoying working together towards our common goals and expecting and valuing contributions from all.
Our vision is brought to life in our school through our Christian values of compassion, creativity, courage, community and simplicity.
We have created short films to show how our vision and values come to life in our school. Click here to see our films.
Context and background to our vision and values
The school’s original trust deed from 1855 (click here to view) sets out that we are a Church of England school originally providing ‘….education for the children of the labouring, manufacturing and other poorer classes of the ecclesiastical district of Christ Church Hampstead’ and that ‘the principal officiating minister of the said ecclesiastical district shall have the superintendence of the religious and moral instruction of all the scholars attending the said school….’
From the school’s foundation we have maintained very close links to our church, Christ Church Hampstead, which is situated right next to our school. Please follow this link to visit their website: http://christchurchhampstead.co.uk/
In 2018 we undertook a whole school review which involved consultation with our pupils, parents, staff and governors and this was followed by a review of our school vision and values. We have aligned our vision of inspiring life in all its fullness with the Church of England’s vision for education.
You can read more about the Church of England’s vision for education here
The Church of England’s vision for education
Our vision for education is deeply Christian, with Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness' at its heart.
In line with the Church of England's role as the established Church, our vision is for the common good of the whole community.
- Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills:enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
- Educating for hope and aspiration:enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
- Educating for community and living well together:a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
- Educating for dignity and respect:the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.